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  Reply # 697000 5-Oct-2012 23:48
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I have no problems on ebay with how things are formatted. If its too bad which a very small minority of listings are I just go to the next one in the list.

Hell, even just all the large images on a page on trademe would be nice to be able to scroll thru them vs having to peck at them one at a time in a poorly alligned lightbox.




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  Reply # 697021 6-Oct-2012 03:22
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Hell, even just all the large images on a page on trademe would be nice to be able to scroll thru them vs having to peck at them one at a time in a poorly alligned lightbox.

There's a Greasemonkey script for that.

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  Reply # 700512 13-Oct-2012 08:54
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Read a new expression on O'Reilly Velocity newsletter today:

"Bughours (noum): Etsy metric detailing the amount of time that any collection of bugs are publicly exposed to customers."





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  Reply # 702963 18-Oct-2012 14:19
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When is Wheedle coming back?


Asked this morning when the site would reopen, general manager Carl Rees told NBR, "At this point in time I have no idea. Hopefully before Christmas but it could be the New Year."

Today, he said he could not talk about the project in detail, but did offer, "The fixes are minimal compared to the size of our entire source code and development. We identified the areas where we had problems and we have engaged an independent company to do the fixes ... for peace of mind."

"All I can say is that it?s not the company that WINZ used of late," he joked.


That last quote is precious. They are obviously not taking it seriously.






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  Reply # 702977 18-Oct-2012 14:28
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I don't know how it is still getting so much free publicity for something that failed to launch. The other one that launched seems to be running fine now, but you never hear anything about it now because something that is working fine isn't really news to the NZ media.

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  Reply # 716021 12-Nov-2012 19:32
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I see they're actively developing the holding page, which is now different... They even have a "msapplication-tooltip" tag - the top of the list of useless things to have on a holding page.

Here is some Extra Good Code (TM) from the page:


<li class="logo"></li>
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<a href="javascript:void();" id="subscribe" class="btn btn-custom">Subscribe</a></div>
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I can't wait to see the full site running again...







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  Reply # 716108 12-Nov-2012 22:50
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Hmmmm, commented out HTML, just like last time around.

Guess they are using the same devs as before. And we all saw how well that worked out for them.




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  Reply # 746311 17-Jan-2013 12:41
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It looks like the Wheedle PR is working this week. Both Stuff and NBR posted notes about the site coming back "anytime soon".


Wheedle drew flak in some circles for hiring staff in India for its initial build, although Rees said the key problem was insufficient pre-launch testing.

Rees refused to identify the independent company implementing the bug fixes, or where it was located.

"All I can say is that it’s not the company that WINZ used of late," he joked.




The Christchurch-based online trading platform, bankrolled by Mainfreight co-founder Neil Graham, closed in October just days after its fanfare launch, because of software problems. One allowed people to change the reserve price of other members' auctions.

However, Rees said Wheedle was never hacked and had now been "thoroughly checked". He was confident traders would give it a second chance. 

"We have put a lot of things in place that will ease people's minds. Security is extremely tight now.

"The genuine people out there can appreciate you don't always get things right first time. It is not like Novopay where they have just carried on."


The "genuine people out there"? That sounds like a cheap shot at critics.







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  Reply # 746437 17-Jan-2013 16:11
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Looks like they are about to start up again. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8189343/Wheedle-says-it-will-relaunch-soon
Surprising they get all this free publicity, when others that are still operating haven't

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  Reply # 746445 17-Jan-2013 16:20
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freitasm: Yes, that's the link I posted.


Sorry, I missed the links. 
What I don't like is how the guy has taken pot shots at two systems, both WINZ and NOVAPAY, when their system hasn't proven to be any more reliable yet.

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  Reply # 746446 17-Jan-2013 16:24
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freitasm: Yes, that's the link I posted.


Sorry, I missed the links. 
What I don't like is how the guy has taken pot shots at two systems, both WINZ and NOVAPAY, when their system hasn't proven to be any more reliable yet.


Yah that actually really annoyed me. I am not this guys biggest fan, there is something about him that rubs me the wrong way, arrogance perhaps?

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  Reply # 746448 17-Jan-2013 16:26
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In my opinion the sentence "The genuine people out there can appreciate you don't always get things right first time. " was aimed at people like posters in this thread and others around the media who pointed out their flaws.

Those probably aren't "genuine people", they aren't supporting the underdog, and so on...





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  Reply # 746456 17-Jan-2013 16:38
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mattwnz: Surprising they get all this free publicity, when others that are still operating haven't

Founders have money to burn but more importantly: everybody loves a train wreck : ).

That said, I will be putting up some listings to give them a chance. The TV advertising planned should give them lots of eyeballs during the start period but they will need a good plan to keep them.

No doubt every kid on the block will be practicing their h4x0r fu on it for at least a week after the launch. If it crumbles like a soggy biscuit under any of those antics (um.. again) then Wheedle will have a very hard time convincing anyone the site can be trusted and that could become a real barrier.

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  Reply # 746468 17-Jan-2013 16:56
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gzt: 
Founders have money to burn but more importantly: everybody loves a train wreck : ).


I think it will be pretty rock solid this time, although wondering who in NZ they have got to fix it up. Or whether they are still using the original developers.

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